9 Indian True-Crime Documentaries to Binge Over the Weekend
9 Indian True-Crime Documentaries to Binge Over the Weekend

Some may break your heart, some may keep you up at night with terror

The true crime genre is on the rise in the country, thanks to the popularity of shows like Crime Patrol and Savdhaan India, among others. Capitalizing on this trend, many OTT platforms are producing multi-part docu-series covering everyone from Veerappan to Indrani Mukerjea. Here are the nine best ones so far that you need to watch:

Curry & Cyanide


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The shocking Koodathai deaths in Kerala brought attention to Jolly Joseph, suspected of poisoning six family members, including a two-year-old child. Produced by India Today Originals, and directed by National Award winner Christo Tomy, the film delves into Jolly's deceitfully cunning facade and the underlying truth through firsthand accounts.

The Indrani Mukerjea Story


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With fresh revelations and unparalleled access, this documentary series delves deep into the disappearance of 25-year-old Sheena Bora and its shocking aftermath. Dive into a roller-coaster ride of conspiracy theories, heart-breaking revelations, and a whole lot of “what the fuck?”

The Hunt for Veerappan


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Released last year, Selvamani Selvaraj's docu-series, "The Hunt for Veerappan," delves into the life and demise of the notorious 'Forest King'. This series, like many others in its genre, grapples with the challenge of portraying its subject without either glorifying or merely stating facts, a must-watch.

Mumbai Mafia: Police vs Underworld


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A four-part documentary series on Netflix, chronicling the Mumbai underworld during the 1990s. It traces the rise of the mafia, the efforts of law enforcement to dismantle it, and the violent confrontations that ensued, featuring interviews with former gangsters, police officials, journalists, and politicians alongside archival footage.

Bad Boy Billionaires: India


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This three-part Netflix series offers a rather intriguing and never-seen-before exploration of Vijay Mallya, Nirav Modi, and Subrata Roy, tracing their rise to prominence and subsequent downfall through interviews with journalists, law enforcement, and the individuals themselves.

Wild Wild Country


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This six-part Netflix series recounts the saga of Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh and his utopian community in Oregon during the 1980s, delving into allegations of voter fraud and bioterrorism. Through interviews with former members, journalists, and law enforcement, it captures the ascent and decline of Rajneeshpuram.

House of Secrets: The Burari Deaths


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A chilling documentary that investigates the perplexing case of a family of ten found dead in their home in 2018. Exploring the possibility of murder or mass suicide, the series unravels a chilling sequence of events surrounding the incident.

Indian Predator: Murder in a Courtroom


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"Indian Predator: Murder in a Courtroom" delves into the extraordinary case of Surendra Koli, convicted of eleven murders, against the backdrop of individuals taking justice into their own hands. Through interviews with Koli's legal representatives, investigating officers, and victims' families, as well as trial footage, the documentary examines the complexities of the investigation and trial.

Indian Predator: The Diary Of A Serial Killer


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Taking cues from the notorious case of Raja Kolander, a suspected cannibal associated with more than 15 deaths in eastern Uttar Pradesh, this true crime documentary series unfolds over three episodes. It kicks off in the year 2000 with the mysterious disappearance of Dhirendra Singh, a journalist hailing from Allahabad. The unsettling finding of Singh's mutilated remains in Madhya Pradesh serves as the series' inception.


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